Having just finished up work on the much-awaited motion picture, Christian Bale took time to speak with the Phillippine Daily Inquirer about all things surrounding "The Dark Knight Rises".
Along with commenting on each of his talented co-stars, the 37-year-old also revealed that this will be the very last time that we'll see him reprise the Batman role.
Bale told, "I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that [Batman hood] off. I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it's all done. Everything's finished. It's me and [director Christopher Nolan] -- that will be the end of that Batman era."
As for his catmates, Bale had the following to say:
On Anne Hathaway:
"I'm terrible at auditions, so I'm very impressed when somebody really seems to acquire an ownership of a character without having worked on it or prepared for some amount of time. I saw that in Anne. In many ways, she has the hardest job. There are a number of people who feel that the Catwoman role has been defined previously. So, I always saw Anne's role as being the toughest job of any of us."
On Tom Hardy:
"[He's] a phenomenal actor. I like working with him a great deal. He goes the whole hog. I know that Bane has been seen in movies before. But, in my eyes, Tom is essentially creating Bane for the first time so there's great freedom for him to be able to do so."
On Joseph Gordon-Levitt:
"Joseph is a very intriguing guy... He's somebody who truly seems to love acting. He's a good, smart guy. He did a very good job in the movie."
On Christopher Nolan's Batman:
"We always maintained from the beginning that if you wanted to break it down, there are three personas – Batman is sincere, the private Bruce Wayne is sincere. The public version of Bruce Wayne, the playboy, is a completely fabricated performance."